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Many venues will offer complete wedding packages that include decor, catering, and a free overnight stay.

Finding a ceremony and reception venue

reginahellinger.com There are several factors that go into choosing a venue: budget, number of guests, theme (is it casual or formal? garden or beach?) and season. Many venues will offer complete wedding packages that include dcor, catering, and (if it's a hotel or inn) a free overnight stay. For a busy bride, the convenience of having someone handle everything is tempting but examine the packages carefully. You could be paying for things you don't want. Negotiate for better rates or try to replace certain items.
If location really matters to you (e.g., you always dreamed of having your wedding in Hawaii), you can control costs by scheduling it during off-season. Some hotels and restaurants also have lower rates for weekdays.